Edit Your Novel before Self-Publishing

Always let someone else proof your novel before you publish, and make sure your editor isn’t such a good friend that he/she won’t tell you about the problems he/she finds. Along with errant commas and missing words, your editor should look for plot holes, weak writing and unresolved situations.

{ A good editor will suggest changes that tighten up your novel and elevate it from good to great. }

Your copy editor (could be a friend who currently works at a big publishing house or a friend who’s a writer). These editors can suggest people who would be excellent editors. You may choose an experienced editor with 10+ years of experience or a newbie with 2-3 years experience. It’s also good to get 2-3 people to edit your book before self-publishing.

Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite. Time to fix those errors and polish your masterpiece.

Reread your novel, and as you finish each chapter, summarize the most important events that occur. Remember to focus on what happens in the novel including the character motivation and emotion that propels action and lends a human touch to the storyline.

Imagine that you’re telling your story to a group of friends. You won’t have their attention for five hours, but you will for a few minutes. So convey the essential storyline complete with tension, pacing and character emotion.

Make your synopsis complete and yet a quick read that stands on its own. The most effective synopsis provides the feeling of having read the entire book.

Of course, it’s impossible to tell from a single chapter or even the first few chapters whether an unknown writer can orchestrate the important elements of fiction — character, plot, dialogue, pacing, setting, and point of view. For this reason, editors find that fiction submissions of a plot synopsis or sample chapters aren’t enough to demonstrate, that the writer can carry through on what they promise. That’s why it’s important to write and rewrite your entire novel before submitting it for publication.

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Printing your book is STEP #1 in your Self-Publishing Success Story

The mistake new authors make is in assuming that a physical copy of their book is the end goal. They don’t understand that creating a print copy is simply a step in the process. This is step #1. Then marketing comes. Authors must spread the word.

{ Printing your book is STEP #1 in Self-Publishing. }

The real problems begin when it comes time to market that print copy. Merely having a website on the internet or a placement on Amazon.com isn’t enough. You MUST have a way to drive traffic to your book.

Without major buzz, it is unlikely that people will flock to those sites in search of your book. More importantly, when you self-publish, you do not have access to the vehicles through which most new releases find homes: Libraries and large retail outlets like Barnes & Noble or Wal-Mart.

Some bookstores, under financial stress, are selling slots on their shelves to self-published writers, meaning that now the “author” not only has to pay for the printing of the book, he or she is also paying for space in a bookstore.

Self-publishing can be a viable alternative for non-fiction writers who are a part of a specific niche. Because they are connected to a well-defined segment of the market that is already interested in the subject matter, non-fiction writers have a potential leg up on sales. {It does help when you write a novel about a popular subject matter. This helps sell your novel.} 

Although the fiction market is divided into genres, it’s tougher to harness that power because the market is so large and diffuse with many, many websites and social networking opportunities.

However, it does help you to have a professional website to sell your book. Also, you must have a blog. Blogs are very popular, and people can leave comments. Others will review these comments and the snowball effect starts. By word of mouth your book will start to get good reviews.

Yes, create a business Facebook page. This will help spread the word. Post comments about your new book 3-4 times per week on Facebook. *Note, make sure you post a link back to your website, about your book.

In summation, step #1 is to get your book printed. Self Publishing is a winner. To have success, you must network, network, network. Tell everyone you know about your book. *Yes, Amazon, and iTunes will help sell your book, but you must market your book by telling everyone that you have a new book.

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Advantages of outsourcing Print Production or Training Manual Printing

This brief describes major trends in print production, and purchasing strategies. Overall benefits of outsourcing print production are revealed with specific reasons why outsourcing saves time and money.

FACT= outsourcing print production can reduce marketing expenses by 5% to 30% or more.

Many of today’s successful companies are pursuing outsourcing arrangements with printing/publishing companies, for all their printing needs.

As this wave hits the print production arena, it is strengthening corporate profits, and propelling the rapid growth of a brand new service firm, publishing companies.

Print commerce is one of the biggest opportunities for corporations to reduce costs. That should come as no surprise when you consider the amount of money spent on printing. Companies need employee handbooks, training manuals, and other types of product manuals. Companies have the opportunity to save money.

American corporations annually purchase over $150 million dollars worth of brochures, catalogs, direct mail, annual reports and sales collateral materials, not to mention business forms, letterhead, envelopes, packaging and point-of-sale materials.

{Companies spend close to 3% of annual revenues on printing.}

Outsource your printing needs.

One possible reason for companies not saving, as much as they could, is that there are too many people inside the corporation who are authorized to buy printing. One team buys forms and letterhead. Another buys packaging. Two or three departments, plus a handful of agencies, are authorized to buy custom collateral pieces, etc. You start to see the picture. Why should you purchase from several different companies. Use one (1) company for all your printing needs.

Some corporations may not realize how much money is being spent, or that there is a way to effectively outsource this function on a corporate basis to benefit your business.

Outsourcing the print process has the potential to save billions of dollars for corporations around the globe. As the internet economy continues to unfold, more and more corporations will seek to seize this opportunity. People us the internet to find the next big thing or in this case, you can take care of your companies printing needs to save money.

Emerging to serve this growing need is a fairly new printing firm – InstantPublisher.com. InstantPublisher is characterized by “Fast Turnaround,” “Affordability,” “Ease of Use,” “Options,” and “Live Customer Support.”

It’s important to note that InstantPublisher has been around for 10 years. We can take care of all your printing needs. Try us for your employee handbook printing, training manual printing, product manuals and other printing needs.

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Business Manual Printing

Instantpublisher.com can help with your business printing needs. Instantpublisher.com also specializes in Product Manual printing, employee handbook printing, Financial Statement printing, Training Manual printing and all other types of printing service.

Many executives like to use our printing service because of the ease of printing straight from their office, the speed of our turnaround, the high quality of our finished product and the cost of our printing service.

Product Manual Printing

Many of our business customers use Instantpublisher (a prestigious book publishing company) for their product manual printing not only because of the advantages mentioned above, but because of our print on demand service that saves storage and does not tie up unnecessary funds. Most executives can easily understand the advantages of JIT Product Manual printing, keeping these advantages in mind with a very high quality product at a very reasonable cost. Give Instantpublisher.com a shot at your product Product Manual and we are sure you will be pleased with the outcome.

Employee Handbook Printing

Companies are required to have employee handbooks printed and this poses a problem for many small companies on deciding who will do their Employee Handbook printing. Many companies opt for in house employee handbook printing and do not realize that with the labor, paper and toner costs involved with printing the handbook that they could have had it done professionally to begin with and saved time and money all without leaving the office.

Training Manual Printing

The benefits of our training manual printing are the same as above, plus we can spiral bind them for you. This is very important to many companies on their Training Manual priniting because the books will lay flat and last longer.

If you have any questions about Instantpublisher.com’s printing service, feel free to CONTACT US. And for any questions about product manual printing, business manual printing, book printing, or book publishing.

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Advantages of Self Publishing

Time-

Self-publishing is usually faster compared to traditional publishing. This is for people who want to get their novels out there immediately. You can usually get your book published in weeks instead of months. You’re not the only one who wants to “publish now.” Remember it takes much more time to publish with traditional publishing companies.

Most young authors try to get 1-2 revisions and keep editing and rewriting to a minimum. However, getting someone to help you proof, is ideal, but takes time. How much time do you have, before you want your book published. Everyone hates waiting to get their book published, because it’s very time-consuming! Imagine you are your own editor, your own everything, you like your work, what are you waiting for?

Speaking of time, if your book or magazine is related to a current news trend, self-publishing works best since you can publish it while the trend is still popular. Timing may help you get better sales. You are in control when you self publish, not Mr. BigTime Publisher.

Money-

Self-publishing is less expensive, and if you will publish your work electronically it won’t cost more than a couple hundred dollars. (InstantPublisher can create your eBook). You can publish for Kindle, iPAD and other eReader devices. Kindle and iPAD’s are very popular. More and more people are reading books on their electronic devices. Publish your eBooks on Amazon and iTunes and watch the sales take off.

Some people or young authors do not have a couple of thousand dollars, to print say 1,000 copies. With InstantPublisher.com you can print as few as 25 copies to get started. You could start by printing 100 and sell them yourself.

Satisfaction-

Publishing your work independently is, to a degree, rewarding. The freedom pays off when people start noticing your work. Then the network effect takes place. Your friends and new friends will spread the word for you. Consider publishing hardback and electronic versions of your book and take advantage of the digital world.

Perhaps the most important point to mention here is that when things go south, you can still force yourself to strive harder to achieve the market you want to reach. As opposed to having a big publishing house backing you up, when things go wrong, they might just pull your novel off, to give way to another more promising novel or product. You are better committed to making it a success than anyone else in the world, and that’s important.

*Remember you are on control.

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Working Dad’s Tricks to Writing a Novel in Your Free Time

Pondering when to write your novel. You can’t decide when to actually sit, ponder, and let the writing flow. Below are suggestions of when to pocket snips of “bright ideas” that will eventually be in your novel.

Salesman

You’re a salesmen and work with a companion. So if he or she drives you can jot down ideas or thoughts on your notebook, or laptop or smartphone. Later you can write or edit these great ideas in WORD.

Lunch Break

You have a 1 hour lunch break at work. So eat for 30-minutes and then relax. Well relax as you write down ideas, maybe an outline or may an introduction for your book.

The 1 Hour Commute

You commute 1 hour to work everyday. The car has 2 other people. You usually talk and ask about your friends day or what they did the night before…you know small talk. Well you have an opportunity to write some thoughts down - again on your notebook, or laptop or smartphone.

Basketball Game

You are driving to a professional basketball with a group of friends. It will take atleast 30-minutes to get to the stadium. This is another opportunity to create parts of your book. You may think backwords. You may be thinking of 2 different endings for your book. You may ponder how the book should start. Write something down. Take advantage of the time you have. You will be rewarded for writing down these thoughts. You can always go back and edit later.

Shopping

You are shopping for plants and flowers for your yard with your wife. Again, this is a golden opportunity to write down some ideas for your book. Develop each character. Develop the thesis and maybe an outline or title of your book.

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Working Mom’s Tricks to Writing a Novel in Your Free Time

Trick #1: Write Longhand:

Even the most lightweight laptop is a tricky thing to take to the playground or gym. However, a notebook and pen fit easily into the most crowded diaper bag. (Always put an extra working pen in your purse, in case one does not work.) 

“Write longhand while you’re sitting on a bench at the playground.”

Write longhand while you’re standing and rocking a stroller with your foot. Write longhand while waiting for your pasta to boil and while waiting outside of your first ballet class, for your 5 year old daughter. When entering your text onto the laptop later, will give you the chance to revaluate your work with a fresh eye, and fix the errors or edit what’s necessary. You’re that much closer now to a polished manuscript!

Trick #2: Get Your Kids Involved:

Experts say that reading to your children is the best thing any parent can do to bond, raise IQ and otherwise earn mommy or brownie points. Sure, toddlers and older children would probably rather hear “Winnie the Pooh” than “Mommy’s New Novel.” But, can an infant really tell the difference?

Nothing gives writers a better idea of whether a scene, especially one featuring lots of dialogue, is working, than reading it out loud. It can be an ego-crushing experience as you realize that the brilliance you heard in your head doesn’t quite match the nonsense you seemed to be articulating… but that which does not kill you, gets you ready for more editorial rejection later on. And that’s a good thing.

So grab that baby and that manuscript and read it out loud until the prose finally shines. Or your infant is old enough to start requesting a different title.

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How to Write a Children’s Story

1) Think of a particular child you know. You may choose your child, someone from your neighborhood, or someone from your childhood. (You choose.)

2) Think of that child’s problem behaviors. (You choose.)

3) Consider possible short-term negative outcomes resulting from the problem behavior. In other words, think of something unpleasant that you can imagine happening because of the behavior – but nothing too traumatic. For instance, if the child insists on sleeping in his parents’ bed, maybe you imagine his friends no longer coming over because they feel he acts too babyish.

4) Now work backwards from the imagined outcome. For instance:

  • Your son’s friend stops coming over. Why?
  • Because your son no longer has his own room. Why?
  • Because Dad turned it into an office. Why?
  • Because bedrooms are for sleeping and your son is no longer sleeping in his!

5) Take the story arc you’ve just defined, add a beginning.

Start with a happy child [unconcerned] with the problem behavior, and an ending (in which the child chooses, as a result of the negative outcome, to self-correct the behavior), and you should have a complete story ready for writing! These five (5) brainstorming techniques should help your writing juices to flow.

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How to Edit Writing Like a Professional

You can edit your book, if that was not part of your school training. Follow (carefully) the proceeding guidelines, to edit your book.

Ask who the intended reader. As an editor you will need to know, who is the intended audience. You will determine the readability level, the tone of the writing, the clarity, and the use of jargon for the intended reader.

Read the work thoroughly. When editing, read through a piece several times in order to catch as many errors as possible. The first time through, do not concentrate on catching errors. Instead, focus on getting a sense of what the author is trying to communicate. Then, as you read the piece a second and third time, start marking errors to correct.

Do a “spell check” and readability index. Use the spell and grammar check functions in your word processing program to identify possible errors. (*Note, the word possible. We need humans to actually read and proof books, because Microsoft Word will not catch all spelling errors.) These functions can point out specific types of errors. Most people use Microsoft Word for spell and grammar checks. Once the spell check function finishes, a “Readability Statistics” box is displayed.

Readability Statistics” box in Microsoft Word:
Click the Microsoft Office Button Windows, and then click Word Options.

1) Click Proofing.

2) Make sure Check grammar with spelling is selected.

3) Under When correcting grammar in Word, select the Show readability statistics check box.

While all the statistics in the box can be useful, the two which help the most are the Word Count and the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score. The Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score is intended to reflect school grade reading levels.

Make sure the readability score is appropriate for the intended audience. If the writing is designated for a first grader match the reading level to a Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level of 1.0 to 1.9.

If the book is to be read by a general adult population, the readability score should be between 8.0 and 9.0. This level ensures easy comprehension and retention by the vast majority of adults. Remember this is a safe range for most adults to comprehend your book.

If the writing is intended for an academic audience or a highly trained level of professionals, such as engineers or doctors, then the writing level can be 12 or higher. Jargon is permissible when writing to a specialized audience who will be familiar with this selective vocabulary.

School papers and articles for publication may have word count requirements. In general, other pieces of writing do not. Word count is important though, because readers will stop reading documents they suppose too long. They appreciate writing which conveys its message fully and quickly. You may want to edit to lower the word count.

The following are some guidelines for adjusting word count.

  1. Less than 150 words: books for children under the age of 3.
  2. 400 – 500 words (one page): business letters, executive summaries, resumes, press releases.
  3. 400 – 600 words: books for children ages 4 to 6. The word count levels mentioned here are for books intended to be read by these children without assistance from an adult. Children should be read to from books with higher word counts allowing for the possibility of growth in vocabulary and language skills.
  4. 500 – 1,500 words: Internet articles, newspaper stories, magazine articles.
  5. 100,000 – 125,000 words (200 – 250 pages): most novels.

Calibrate your review to the intended reader. If the reading level is too high, use these techniques to revise the writing.

  1. Simplify sentence structures.
  2. Use vocabulary containing three syllables or less.
  3. Use sentences with “active voice” and in the present tense.
  4. Rewrite sentences which require semi-colons or dashes to make them less complex.
  5. Trim wordy sentences.
  6. Spell out contractions.
  7. Revise a paragraph, when possible, to a list. A list, well derived, shows essentials briefly and clearly.
  8. Keep all writing on target. Eliminate rambling or pointless thoughts.

Read through again and mark possible errors. Check the following:

  1. Spelling - spell check functions can help with this task, however, look for words spelled correctly but used incorrectly.
  2. Punctuation.
  3. Capitalization.
  4. Grammar – pay special attention to skipped words since grammar check functions do not reliably catch these.
  5. Repetitious word use – use your dictionary or a synonym finder for possible alternative words.
  6. Accuracy of statements of fact.
  7. Flow and consistency of the book.
  8. Logic - make sure any argument presented is supported and follows a logical thought pattern.

Once you have marked the possible errors, research them to confirm the error and provide suggested changes. Note, always use a dictionary or online dictionary. Note references as appropriate.

Provide feedback to the author. If you are reviewing in an academic or business situation, you may have guidance on how to provide feedback to the author. If not, here is an example of how to present your feedback. This format allows the author to locate the potential change, gives a solution, and a reason for the suggested change. *If you are in Microsoft Word highlight with yellow (tool beside the text color tool). If you are proofing an actual printed document, you a red pen to mark errors. Write notes clearly, and write specific changes to make for the author.

Page 1, Para 12:
• Line 1: Delete “Not” and replace “too soon” with “later”. Reason: Places the action in the correct time sequence.
• Line 4: Replace “her nose” with “Emma’s nose”. Reason: Clarifies the reference noun for the pronoun. As it stands the “her” would refer back to the immediately preceding noun which is the crab.

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Keeping Control in Self Publishing

In the self-publishing process you want total control from start to finish. You want to make the decisions, not Mr. Big Publishing House, Inc. You want to own all rights and have complete control of your book. By maintaining control over the editing and proofreading process, you have the ultimate say with what actually stays in and what is omitted. You are again “in control” of what the audience reads as the final printed version. With big publishing houses or publishing companies, they often will want to edit and omit parts of the book you actually want to leave in. These publishing firms sometime delete too much of the important parts out of your introduction or parts of chapters that you think or know will be important to your book.

You want to remain in control over your work. You want to keep control of the entire writing, printing, & selling process. Bottom line is you have 100% control when you self publish.

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